Professional Associations, Funding Organizations, and Community Partners
The American Sociological Association (ASA), founded in 1905, is a nonprofit membership
association dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and profession
serving the public good. With approximately thirteen thousand members, the ASA encompasses
sociologists who are faculty members at colleges and universities, researchers, practitioners,
The purpose of the American Sociological Association's Section on Sex and Gender
is to encourage research and curriculum development on the organized patterns of gendered
social relations and sexuality. The Section examines face-to-face interaction, political
processes, culture and mass media, the medical, judicial, and educational systems.
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Flint, Michigan.
Through four program areas, Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area, and Pathways Out
of Poverty, it makes grants in the United States and selected regions internationally.
Founded in 1936, the Ford Foundation operated as a local philanthropy in the state
of Michigan until 1950, when it expanded to become a national and international foundation.
Since its inception it has been an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization.
It has provided slightly more than $10 billion in grants and loans. The Foundations
goals are to: strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote
international cooperation; and advance human achievement.
Highlander has been active in Appalachia and the South since its founding in 1932
as the Highlander Folk School. Throughout its history, the Highlander Center has been
dedicated to eliminating poverty and winning the right to genuine and meaningful democratic
participation for all people. In pursuit of this goal, Highlander provides support
to grassroots individuals and organizations working to address the profound inequities
that are so deeply rooted in the political and economic structures and culture of
The Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center (MSARC) is a City of Memphis agency that
provides services at no cost to the victim or to their family members within Shelby
County. MSARC's service area includes Shelby County and counties outside of Shelby
on a referral basis.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is the research and development agency of
the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only federal agency solely dedicated to
researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent,
nonpartisan, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and
justice, particularly at the state and local levels.
The Rockefeller Foundation is a knowledge-based, global foundation with a commitment
to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded people throughout
the world. In order to maximize its resources and leverage the Foundation's strengths,
grantmaking is organized around four thematic lines of work: Creativity & Culture,
Food Security, Health Equity, and Working Communities. A cross-theme of Global Inclusion
supports, promotes and supplements the work of these themes. In addition, the Foundation
supports a number of programs that are developing or in transition, among them the
Africa Regional Program, Communication for Social Change, Public/Private Partnerships,
and Global Philanthropy.
The mission of the Southern Regional Council is to promote racial justice, protect
democratic rights and broaden civic participation in the southern United States. Since
its founding in 1919 as the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, SRC has engaged
southern communities on issues of democracy and race. Partnerships for Racial Unity,
an SRC initiative, bridges diverse racial and ethnic communities to build multiracial
collaborations. SRC partners with the Highlander Center and CROW to study the nation's
changing demographics in the project "Race and Nation in the Global South."
The Southern Sociological Society seeks to promote the development of sociology
as a profession and scientific discipline by the maintenance of high academic professional
and ethical standards, and by encouraging (a) effective teaching of sociology, (b)
valid and reliable methods and research in the study of human society, (c) diffusion
of sociological knowledge and its application to societal problems, (d) cooperation
with related disciplines and groups, (e) recruitment and training of sociologists,
and (f) development of sociology programs in educational and other agencies.
The Tennessee Economic Council on Women is a state agency created in 1998 by the
Tennessee General Assembly to act as an economic advocate for women. The Council develops
and advocates solutions to address women's needs to help women achieve economic autonomy.
In setting its priorities, the Council selects issues that are timely and likely to
result in positive changes for women. The Council assisted in publishing a report,
The Status of Women in Tennessee, compiled by the Washington, D.C. Institute for Women's
Policy Research. Highlights of this report are available on this site.
The Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis is a nonprofit, nonpartisan grantmaking
organization that seeks to fund programs targeted to help women and children achieve
economic self-sufficiency. The Foundation is an inclusive alliance of women working
together to promote philanthropy among women, foster women's leadership in the community,
and advocate programs, including those serving children, that enable women of all
ages to reach their full potential. Lack of funding for programs serving women and
children seriously impedes the efforts of women's organizations, and in effect, opportunities
for women. The Women's Foundation seeks to balance the scale for women and children
and, in doing so, bring them into full participation in all aspects of our community.
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